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A Doll's House

A Doll's House


by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House Men and Masculinity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line) Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #7

HELMER: "You're joking, my little Nora! You won't—you won't? Am I not your husband—?" (3.143)

Torvald says this after Nora resists having sex with him. He feels that all husbands have a right to their wives' bodies.

Quote #8

HELMER: "I should not be a man if this womanly helplessness did not just give you a double attractiveness in my eyes." (3.253)

What's the difference between Torvald's desire to help Nora and Christine's desire to help Krogstad?

Quote #9

HELMER: "I would gladly work night and day for you […] But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves." (3.345)

Do you think most men would generally agree with Torvald? Which is more valuable to you: honor or love?

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